A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Entries from October 2008

Be safe trick-or-treating tonight!

October 31st, 2008 by Doree

Trick-or-treating is so much fun, but also has the potential to be dangerous, considering that it’s dark out, and kids wear costumes that may be hard to maneuver in or have a mask that restricts their vision. To help keep your little ones safe, AAA recommends:

– Selecting highly visible costumes, with bright colors or reflective strips. And put reflector tape on treat buckets, too, to really increase visibility.

– Make sure their costumes fit well, so they don’t trip while crossing the street, and don’t let them wear a wig or hat or mask that doesn’t allow for peripheral vision.

– Review safety precautions with your children, including traffic safety rules such as staying on the sidewalk, crossing only at crosswalks or well-lit intersections, don’t dart out between parked cars, and always stop at driveways to make sure no vehicles are coming in and out.

– Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.


Someone’s cleaning the 63rd St. mural

October 30th, 2008 by Doree

Kudos to whoever is cleaning/repainting the mural under the 63rd St. bridge just off Aurora. Boxcar wrote in Comments on a previous post that he saw a group of girls with a red wagon full of painting supplies working on the mural two days ago. Here’s what one section looked like before:

And here’s what that same section looked like when we drove by today:



Seen at Halloween

October 30th, 2008 by Doree

Here are two of the coolest Halloween things we’ve seen around the neighborhood. This witch-into-the-telephone-pole is an old standby at 72nd and 2nd in Phinney:

And this ghostlike figure above the trellis at 87th and 1st in Greenwood creeped me out even in the daylight:


Where does Phinney end and Greenwood begin?

October 30th, 2008 by Doree

We get this question all the time and there doesn’t seem to be an absolute answer. The City’s Department of Neighborhoods defines the boundaries of Phinney Ridge as Aurora to 8th N.W. and 46th Street to North 75th St. But, Wikipedia says it runs from 50th up to 80th before turning into the Greenwood neighborhood.

One neighbor who lives on N. 75th St. says on his blog that he’s not sure which neighborhood he officially belongs to, so he’s decided to rename the area from 67th to 80th as “Grinney.” We know some people call certain areas of Phinney Ridge that are close to Ballard “Phinney Valley” or “Lower Phinney” to show that they’re not on top of the Ridge.

So, the question is, where do you consider the dividing line? And do you have any other fun nicknames for your specific neighborhood?


Video and new media company moves into Greenwood

October 30th, 2008 by Dale

A full service video production and new media company, being MEdia, has just moved into The Greenwood Collective at 8537 Greenwood Ave N.

According to being MEdia’s site, they do documentary production, online video, non-profit and corporate videography, editing, DVD authoring, Web 2.0 application development and Internet encoding.

They’ve done some interesting stuff, including filming the premiere of the movie, “Battle in Seattle,” (getting to see Charlize Theron and director Stuart Townsend) and a recent symposium where Bill Gates gave the keynote speech.


‘On/Off’ comes to the Kindle

October 30th, 2008 by Dale

Just in time for Halloween, neighborhood author Michael Attebery has released his book, “On/Off: A Jekyll & Hyde Story” in hard copy form and on Amazon’s increasingly popular Kindle.

As we mentioned when we teased the book in a post about his ongoing online serial novel, “On/Off” is about a college student dealing with early onset Parkinson’s Disease, who undergoes a risky surgical procedure with horrific results. You can get copies of the book in digital or dead tree format at his company site, Cryptic Bindings.


Bike ‘sharrows’ added on Fremont Ave.

October 29th, 2008 by Dale

Permanent painted “sharrow” markers have appeared on Fremont Avenue from the south end of Woodland Park Zoo to N. 42nd Street.

The sharrow symbol, a bicycle topped with two chevrons, is meant to signal motorists to share the road with cyclists. The markers usually go in at places where bikes are moving closer to the speed of vehicles (i.e., downhill) and where the road isn’t wide enough to accommodate a bike lane.

The Seattle Department of Transportation prepped the road for permanent markers in September.


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Keep those storm drains clear

October 29th, 2008 by Doree

The City of Seattle is asking residents to help keep storm drains clear of leaves and other debris to avoid flooding problems. Fall and winter weather often clogs drains quickly, leading to water backups on some roads.

City crews recently inspected 78,000 storm drains around the city and cleaned one-third of them. The city is asking residents to join their Adopt-a-Drain program to keep them clear year-round (200 volunteers have signed up to maintain 800 storm drains since last year). Join up and you’ll get free leaf pickup, plus everything you need to keep drains clear: gloves, bags, rakes, brooms, safety vests and shovels.

Sign up here or call 206-684-7647.


Anyone know someone good with flooring?

October 28th, 2008 by Dale

Phinneychick is looking for someone who can install and finish fir flooring. If you know anyone good, post a reply on her forum post.

Update: So far, four people have offered suggestions. Way to step up AyersBF, Grrrr-eenwood, etta and SycamorePete!


826 Seattle hires first youth mentor

October 28th, 2008 by Doree

The free writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle (hiding behind the guise of the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 8414 Greenwood Ave.) has hired its first Youth Mentor, Thomas Faiz.

Thomas is a senior at Ballard High School. He serves as a role model for 826’s younger students, helping them with their schoolwork, modeling good homework discipline, and serving as an active member of the youth advisory board.

Japheth and Jeremiah wth Thomas at 826 Seattle. Photo by Carla Leonardi.

Teri Hein, Executive Director, says Thomas was hired because he had already been volunteering at drop-in tutoring sessions. She says his engaging personality, promptness and cheerfulness while helping students with their homework, make him a terrific youth mentor.

826 is a free, nonprofit writing center for students ages 6-18 to develop their writing skills. 826 Seattle’s current fundraiser is the Mustache-a-Thon, where men, women and even babies are growing mustaches to raise money for 826’s programs. Check out the funny pix!

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Veraci Pizza opens Wednesday

October 28th, 2008 by Dale

The finishing touches are being put on the much-anticipated Veraci Pizza joint in preparation for opening day.

After serving up slices at the Phinney and other local farmers markets, they’re finally opening their first brick & mortar store at 6th Ave NW and NW Market St. Starting tomorrow (Wednesday) you can get their popular pizza seven days a week. There’s a small dining room where they’ll be serving up pizza, homemade gelato, beer & wine and more. Their hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. More background on the restaurant on MyBallard.


Neighborhood Best of W. Wash. winners announced

October 27th, 2008 by Dale

Here’s the complete list of neighborhood winners in KING 5’s Best of Western Washington contest, including first place winners Valentine’s Men’s Grooming for best barber, Slave to the Needle for best tattoo parlor, Whole Life Yoga for best yoga studio, Woodland Park Zoo for fun place for kids, Red Mill Burgers for their burgers and Gordito’s for best burrito. You can pretty much plan your whole day around just those six.

Full disclosure: In my day job, I work for KING5.com, but Phinneywood is a totally separate enterprise that I do on my own time. I’m writing this to give props to the many local favorites being rated so highly. It reminds me why Doree and I like this area so much.

Barber: Valentine’s Men’s Grooming, 1st place. 7912 Greenwood Ave. N.
Burger: Red Mill Burgers, 1st place. 312 NW 67th St.
Burrito: Gordito’s, 1st place. 213 N 85th St.
Children’s Clothing: Twig Children’s Boutique, 5th place. 8317 Greenwood Ave. N.
Children’s Cut: Beach Comber Kids’ Cuts, 2nd place. 6417 Phinney Ave. N.
Children’s Gifts: Top Ten Toys, 3rd place. 104 N 85th St.
Fitness Instructor: Nicole Marinez, 4th place. 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.
Fun Place for Kids: Woodland Park Zoo, 1st place. 601 N 59th St
Happy Hour: Oliver’s Twist, 4th place. 6822 Greenwood Ave. N.
Massage:, Equinox Healing Arts, 5th place. 7513 Greenwood Ave. N.
Mediterranean: Olive You, 4th place. 8516 Greenwood Ave. N.
Mediterranean: Yanni’s Greek Restaurant, 3rd place. 7419 Greenwood Ave. N.
Pizza: Romio’s Pizza & Pasta, 5th place. 8523 Greenwood Ave. N.
Tattoo and Piercing: Slave to the Needle, 1st place. 508 NW 65th St.
Theatre Group: Taproot Theater, 3rd place. 204 N 85th place. St.
Vegetarian: Carmelita, 2nd place. 7314 Greenwood Ave. N.
Vintage and Resale: Lil’ Paisley’s, 3rd place. 6500 Phinney Ave. N.
Women’s Boutique: Tweed, 3rd place. 424 N 85th St.
Yoga Studio: Whole Life Yoga, 1st place. 8551 Greenwood Ave. N.

If you’re looking for other ratings, see our post about winners of NWSource’s People’s Picks. We also have restaurant reviews here on Phinneywood where you can rate businesses and post comments as well.

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